In the eleventh edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Men’s Open player, Anthony Ziade, speaks about how he got involved in Touch Football and the biggest influences on his Touch Football career. Name: Anthony ZiadeNickname: ZeeAge: 31Affiliate: Western Suburbs MagpiesOccupation: BuilderPosition: LinkDebut for Australia: 2000 Under 20’s, 2004 Men’s Open. Career highlights so far: Winning 2007 World Cup, 2010 Trans Tasman, winning the Vawdon Cup and State Cup double for Wests in 2005.How you got involved in Touch Football: My two older sisters played for Wests. My school teacher, Steve Murphy, who was a current Australian Men’s Open player got me involved in the sport.Favourite player: Garry SondaWhat does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: I’m excited to play with my good mate Jamie Stowe and to be coached by my club coaches Paul Sfeir and Tony Trad at the top level.Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: Tony Trad – not only a mentor but a great friend.Favourite sporting moment: Kostya Tszyu knocking out Zab Judah.What do you know about Scotland: No underpants, kilts, haggis and William Wallace.Any superstitions: Same seat on the team bus to and from games.Funniest Australian teammate: Jamie Stowe.Favourite quote: This is a quote from my good mate Paul Sfeir – “It’s better than a sliced breakfast.”Any travel plans for after World Cup: YesStay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup. With only 43 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus
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TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Trabzonspor confirm no Liverpool offer for Omurby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTrabzonspor president Ahmet Agaoglu says Liverpool have not made an offer for Abdulkadir Omur. The 19-year-old, dubbed the ‘Turkish Messi’, has been linked with Liverpool in recent weeks, despite the club’s plethora of attacking talent.The Liverpool Echo reported this week that the Merseyside club were not interested in signing Omur this month, and Agaoglu has confirmed those reports.”If the numbers we want come from the lower teams of the European leagues, this offer is not [acceptable] in our opinion,” Agaoglu said. “[Omur] deserve[s] to play at the highest level in Europe.”[We] did not receive an official offer from Liverpool but there are offers from other clubs.”
It’s been a big year for the Big Ten. The conference took home its first college football national championship in more than a decade, saw its top basketball team defeat then-undefeated Kentucky in the Final Four and, now, it’s dominating the cheat-on-your-spouse game. According to data gathered by Inside Higher Ed, the Big Ten dominates a top 10 list of Ashley Madison profiles by college. Ashley Madison, the site that makes it easy to cheat on your significant other, had a significant data leak earlier this week. Inside Higher Ed searched the leaked data by .edu email addresses. The Big Ten does cheating better than every other conference. Michigan State, Penn State, Ohio State, Minnesota and Michigan all have spots in the top 10. Inside Higher EdThese Big Ten schools have massive enrollments and a huge alumni base, so this really isn’t that surprising. Alabama, meanwhile, topped the state list. [The Big Lead]
zoom Danish shipping company Dampskibsselskabet Norden A/S (Norden) has purchased a 2009-built MR product tanker with a cargo capacity of 50,000 tonnes, taking advantage of low asset prices on the back of weakening tanker markets.The South Korean-built vessel is expected to be delivered in July 2017 and will be renamed Nord Pearl.The purchase marks Norden’s first tanker acquisition since it sold 3 Handysize product tankers last year.In addition to the purchase of Nord Pearl, Norden has entered into long term charter agreements for a further 2 MR product tanker newbuildings and has thus concluded 4 MR product tanker newbuilding charters so far this year. The vessels are scheduled to be delivered to the company in the years 2018-2020. All agreements are with purchase options.“Norden used the strong tanker market in 2015 and first half of 2016 to take cover. The increase in cover led to a decrease in capacity for 2017 and onwards, but in the wake of the weakening market, Norden has taken advantage of the reduced tonnage prices to increase our capacity and exposure at attractive cost levels. We can do this in the comfort of having an excellent product tanker operating arm in form of Norient Product Pool, and benefit of the premium earnings that they generate,” Jan Rindbo, the company’s CEO, said in a comment.At the end of first quarter of 2017, Norden’s tanker fleet consisted of 36 vessels – 25 MRs with a cargo capacity of 45,000-50,000 tonnes and 11 Handysize vessels with a cargo capacity of 35,000-37,000 tonnes. 19 tankers are owned by Norden while the rest are chartered vessels.
Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (up 3.74 points to 16,029.33, a record high):Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up 31 cents, or 1.92 per cent, to $16.49 on 9.7 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up 33 cents, or 1.27 per cent, to $26.27 on 6.9 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up five cents, or 1.83 per cent, to $2.78 on 6.5 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up 16 cents, or 4.51 per cent, to $3.71 on 6.05 million shares.Crescent Point Energy (TSX:CPG). Oil and gas. Down nine cents, or 0.85 per cent, to $10.52 on 5.3 million shares.Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Oil and gas. Up 15 cents, or 3.09 per cent, to $5.00 on 5.1 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Horizons ETFs Management Inc. (TSX:MIND). Financial services. Down one cent, or 0.04 per cent, to $24.99 on 54,779 shares. The company says it has launched the first exchange-traded fund in Canada to use artificial intelligence for all security selection decisions. The Horizons Active A.I. Global Equity ETF began trading today on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The ETF, sub-advised by Mirae Asset Global Investments, uses an investment strategy run by an AI system that analyzes data and extracts patterns.Hudson’s Bay Company (TSX:HBC). Retailer. Up $1.02, or 9.05 per cent, to $12.29 on 2.1 million shares. The national retailer says it has received an unsolicited offer from European retail competitor SIGNA Holding for its German department store chain Kaufhof and other real estate assets. HBC acquired Kaufhof in 2015 as part of a $3.2-billion deal that included Belgium retailer Galeria Inno and other real estate assets.Saputo Inc. (TSX:SAP). Consumer packaged goods. Down 14 cents, or 0.30 per cent, to $46.44 on 411,228 shares. The Canadian dairy giant signed a deal to buy Betin Inc., the company behind the Montchevre brand of goat cheese in the United States. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available.
New Delhi: The Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta on Thursday addressed a press conference asking Delhi L-G Anil Baijal to institute a CBI inquiry into the working of Delhi Waqf Board (DWB). Gupta added that all land and financial transactions involving the board must be stopped in the interest of fair play.Accusing the board’s Chairman, Amanatullah Khan of corrupt practices and irregularities of criminal nature in the board, Gupta said that the Chief Minister is depriving honest Muslims of their rights by ignoring alleged wrongdoings by Khan. The BJP MLA from Rohini accused Khan of appointing his “favourites” to positions within the Board without following the appropriate procedures and rules. Gupta said that Khan personally appointed 37 people close to him to the DWB without prior approval from the Revenue Secretary, Delhi Administration as well as the concerned Minister for Waqf Board of Delhi Government. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn addition, Gupta accused Khan of transferring DWB properties worth about Rs 100 crore to unauthorised persons. He also accused the DWB chief of approving tenancies in properties under the board through unauthorised methods.With regards to alleged irregular practices within the board, Gupta also said that Khan had many a time ignored the basic procedure of consulting the Chief Executive Officer. The Delhi BJP leader also accused Khan of trying open several bank accounts in order to siphon-off the Board’s money for his personal gratification. Gupta added that all the properties filed should be requisitioned by the CBI and that the entire record of all concerned files must also be taken by concerned authorities.
Rabat – Morocco condemned on Wednesday the car bomb explosion against a police station in the Egyptian city of Mansoura as a “vile criminal act”. ”The Kingdom of Morocco condemns this vile criminal act that runs counter to teachings of tolerant Islam and to the lofty human values advocating the right to live”, says a release of the ministry of foreign affairs and cooperation.The release also reiterates Morocco’s refusal of all forms of violence and terrorism, as well as any attempts to jeopardize Egypt’s security and stability at a time the Arab country is carrying on with resolve and courage the implementation of its roadmap which includes mainly a constitutional referendum. Morocco underscores that Egypt needs presently “the commitment of all parties to promote reason and get more involved in serious and open dialog, while taking into account the interests of the interests of the Egyptian brother people”.Morocco also offered condolences and sympathy to the government, the Egyptian people and relatives of victims and wished prompt recovery to hose wounded in the attack which killed 14 people.
Saturday’s AFC divisional playoff game featured a matchup between two quarterbacks with clutch reputations: the Baltimore Ravens’ Joe Flacco, who entered the game with a 10-4 lifetime postseason record, and the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady, whose first three playoff seasons all yielded Super Bowl championships. The Patriots got the better of the Ravens after a terrific game, but both quarterbacks played well, with Flacco tossing four touchdowns in a losing effort.A day later, the Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning would produce just 4.6 yards per passing attempt against the Indianapolis Colts, lower than in any of his 16 regular-season starts. While Manning avoided an interception, he threw just one touchdown and Denver lost 24-13. The effort rekindled doubts about Manning’s postseason performance — as you’ll recall, Manning’s most recent postseason appearance did not exactly go well — along with questions about whether he’s past his prime (he’s 38).How you evaluate the postseason records of Manning, Brady and Flacco depends on how you define clutch performance. Is it performance relative to expectations that matters? Or is it performance in an absolute sense?Manning’s postseason record is pretty decent by one standard and pretty terrible by the other. His lifetime postseason record is now 11-13. It’s not easy to win playoff games, and Manning has had the misfortune to play in a fairly deep era for the AFC (one that has included Brady). Nonetheless, Manning’s record is a bit worse than you’d expect based on the performance of his teams during the regular season.In the chart below, I’ve tracked Manning’s postseason record as compared with expectation based on Elo ratings for his teams and his postseason opponents at the time the games were played. As an alternative measure — more about how this is calculated in a moment — I’ve charted how Manning’s teams would expect to do in those games if he had fallen into the Springfield Mystery Spot and a replacement-level quarterback had substituted for him.Manning’s teams have been favored, according to our Elo ratings, in 17 of his 24 postseason games. It’s often been a narrow advantage; viewed probabilistically, you’d set the over line at 13 or 14 wins. Manning has won 11. It’s not a totally disastrous record — Manning has won a Super Bowl, after all, and led his team to two others — but it’s on the lower end for great quarterbacks relative to the lofty expectations they establish.But what if those starts had instead been taken by backups like Jim Sorgi or Curtis Painter or Brock Osweiler (all of whom serve as functional examples of replacement-level quarterbacks)? We have the Broncos and the Colts as underdogs in all 24 of those hypothetical games. No doubt they’d have backed into a few wins despite their underdog status, but Manning’s teams project to an 8-16 record on a probabilistic basis without him. Peyton’s 11-13 record looks pretty good compared to that.We can run the same numbers for all quarterbacks who played in the postseason since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. Specifically, I’ll look at the records for what I’ll call the principal quarterback, who is the one with the most passing attempts during the game (not necessarily the one who started it). A total of 180 players have served as principal postseason QBs by this definition.Below, I’ve listed the records for the top and bottom quarterbacks, along with those who have been active in this year’s playoffs or who have been a principal quarterback at least 10 times in the postseason. I’ve also listed each quarterback’s projected record based on Elo. Finally, I’ve listed the result of a set of 25,000 simulations of each quarterback’s postseason career where QBs were randomly assigned wins and losses based on the probabilities established by Elo. I counted up how often the simulated quarterback bettered the actual quarterback’s win total, giving half-credit to cases where they finished with the same record.By this measure, the most clutch postseason QB of all time is Manning — Eli Manning. His New York Giants have often been underdogs in the postseason and projected to a record of 4-7 or perhaps 5-6 in his 11 games. Instead, Eli Manning’s teams have gone 8-3. According to the simulations, there’s just a 1 percent chance of achieving such a strong record based on chance alone.This does not, incidentally, serve as evidence that Eli Manning or any other quarterback has some extra gear that kicks in during the postseason. Eli’s been awesome during the postseason, but with 180 QBs in the sample you’d expect to find a few fluky cases based on chance alone. This is also not to say that clutch quarterbacking doesn’t exist. As my colleague Benjamin Morris has repeatedly documented, some quarterbacks — including Peyton Manning — consistently manage the game better in clutch situations, such as during a fourth-quarter comeback drive. Indeed, clutchness is so intrinsic to quarterbacking that it’s hard to distinguish a clutch QB from a good QB. But that clutchness ought to show up in a QB’s regular-season stats and his team’s regular-season win-loss record and Elo rating. It’s not clear that some quarterbacks are clutch in the regular season but unclutch in the postseason.Peyton Manning, of course, is the closest thing to an exception. As compared with the record projected by Elo, his postseason record ranks 161st out of the 180 QBs in our sample. Among quarterbacks with at least 10 games in the database, only Warren Moon and Randall Cunningham rank lower.But this is a somewhat ridiculous list. The top five consists of one great quarterback, Joe Montana, along with two pretty good ones (Eli Manning and Flacco). It also has Trent Dilfer and Jeff Hostetler. Meanwhile, Brady ranks just 43rd by this measure. His postseason record is excellent — 18-8, not counting one game where he was hurt and replaced by Drew Bledsoe. But because the Patriots were favored in most of those games, he doesn’t get much credit for it. You’d have expected them to go about 17-9 based on Elo ratings.Here’s the problem: This way of thinking about quarterbacks forces them to compete against themselves. Sure, the Patriots have often been favored to win their postseason games. But a lot of that is because Brady is their quarterback. How might the Pats have expected to do with a replacement-level QB instead?They might not have been totally hopeless. Brady has usually had a little bit more talent surrounding him than Peyton Manning has. (Matt Cassel, who rates as somewhere between average and replacement-level, led New England to an 11-5 record when Brady was hurt in 2008.) Bill Belichick would probably have snuck them into the playoffs a few times. But they’d also have been playing good opponents. Our method projects them to a 12-14 or 13-13 postseason record rather than Brady’s 18-8.I calculate these estimates based on a quarterback’s adjusted net yards per attempt (ANY/A), a metric that accounts for yardage, attempts, touchdowns, interceptions and sacks — basically it’s a better version of the NFL’s passer rating. A replacement-level quarterback typically posts an ANY/A at about 80 percent of the league average, so a QB gets credit for any performance above and beyond that.1ANY/A is a rate statistic — not a counting stat — so I also evaluate a quarterback’s number of passing attempts during the regular season. I then translate this into points added or subtracted in the regular season2The translation of ANY/A into points is based on a comparison with ESPN’s Total QBR. and translate points into a team’s Elo rating to evaluate the impact the QB had on his team overall.3The formula isEloDiff = (ANY/A+ -80)*Att*0.0025… where ANY/A+ is a quarterback’s ANY/A relative to the league average, Att is his number of passing attempts during the regular season and EloDiff is how many ratings points the QB added or subtracted from his team’s Elo rating as compared with a replacement-level quarterback.It’s notoriously difficult, of course, to distinguish the performance of a quarterback from that of his teammates, but this method produces some reasonable-seeming results. This year’s Green Bay Packers project as a slightly below-average team with a replacement-level guy subbed in for Aaron Rodgers , for instance. Instead of having been 59 percent favorites in their Sunday game against the Cowboys, as they were based on Elo ratings, they’d have been roughly 2-to-1 underdogs.The principle is simply that the better the quarterback, the more his team would be harmed by removing him. In the case of Peyton Manning’s teams, I estimate that pulling Manning would hurt them by about a touchdown (7 points) per game. That’s enough to demote them to a projected 8-16 record in the 24 postseason games Manning has played.We can rerun the numbers for all 180 playoff quarterbacks, comparing each QB’s actual record against the simulated one achieved by replacement-level QBs against the same schedule. By this measure, Peyton Manning moves up to 28th on the postseason list; there’s only about a 10 percent chance that a replacement-level QB could have equalled or bettered his 11-13 record.Eli Manning remains No. 1 overall, but this time in a photo finish over Joe Montana and Kurt Warner. Flacco still rates highly, in fourth place. Brady moves up to No. 6, right behind John Elway. Brett Favre advances to 19th from 78th. While there’s still a Dilfer and a Hostetler here and there, it’s a much better list of quarterbacks.This shouldn’t be surprising: Before, we’d essentially been punishing great QBs for having been great during the regular season. Some have been even greater during the playoffs. Others have reverted to being a little closer to average. Peyton Manning falls into the latter group. His career postseason passer rating entering Sunday’s game was 89.2, less than his 97.5 rating during the regular season but still pretty good. But if the Colts and Broncos haven’t quite had the postseason records you’d hope for with Manning at the helm, they’ve been a heck of a lot better off than they would’ve been with Jim Sorgi.